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A tragic new year

Matt Humphreys

Editorial Lead

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As new year celebrations kick in around the Square this year, the lives of two new mothers - Kat and Ronnie - and those around them are set to take an unexpected and heartbreaking turn. When Ronnie discovers that her child has died, her world falls apart. In a daze, her distress goes un-noticed by all the party goers in the Vic, and she acts in the heat of the moment, making a terrible decision to swap the newborns.

As with all major events in the Square, the storyline has been in the planning for months. EastEnders researchers worked with The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) on the the potrayl of Kat and Alfie when they are bereaved by cot death, and you can hear from Shane Richie in the video below on how he approached playing his character after meeting directly with bereaved parents.

Firstly in the video, Simon Ashdown (EastEnders Series Consultant) talks about the development of the storyline and Ronnie's actions.

Here's how to get more information on issues related to this storyline...

BBC Health: What is cot death, and what causes it? Plus, advice and support information.

BBC Health: Support information for bereaved parents

Sands is an organisation which supports anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or after birth.

The Child Death Helpline is a national charity that offers support to anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from prebirth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago.

The Compassionate Friends is an organisation of bereaved parents and their families offering understanding, support and encouragement to others after the death of a child or children.

Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) is the UK's leading baby charity working to prevent sudden deaths and promote health. FSID funds research, supports bereaved families and promotes safe baby care advice.

The Association For Post Natal Illness Is a national charity offering support and information for women suffering with Post Natal Depression

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